Flute and Tabla at The Brunswick

Thanks to all the folks who came down to The Brunswick on Wednesday to see the flute and tabla mini-fest heralded by the splendid ‘Filter Coffee’. A great night it was!

This was the event…

Indian Flavours Double Bill at The Brunswick, Hove, E.Sussex : FILTER COFFEE from Mumbai, India and AKASH from Brighton!

When local indian tabla player Marc Clayton got an unexpected phonecall from a flute player in Mumbai, India, he soon found himself organising a one-off night of Indian musical adventures. The event is a double bill showcasing the duo from Mumbai, entitled ‘Filter Coffee’ featuring Shriram on flute and Swarupa on vocals, percussion and tabla and also Marc’s local duo, ‘Akash’ with Lucy Hudson playing Carnatic South Indian flute. Expect intricate traditional Indian melody and rhythm fused with the modern; one incarnation born from our shores and the other from the metropolis formerly known as Bombay.

The Filter Coffee duo consist of Swarupa, one of India’s finest female percussionist and tabla player and Shriram, a fantastic Classical Bamboo flute player. They are one of India’s upcoming Indian Electro Folk – Bands. They recently finished a series of gigs with Talvin Singh in Bombay.

Filter Coffee
Shriram – Flute
Swarupa – Percussion

Links
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNsMObTMil8&noredirect=1
Shriram with Talvin Singh:

Akash
A two piece act from Brighton

Akash are a duo making a fusion of North and South Indian Classical music. Lucy Hudson creates elaborate Carnatic melodies on bamboo flute and Marc Clayton follows using Hindustani (North Indian) rhythm structures.
A selection of ragams displaying the beautiful and enchanting moods of traditional Carnatic songs and compositions.

Links

http://www.akashmusic.co.uk/

TablaLab TalaClass

TablaLab TalaClass :1 has been released for iPad. It is in the App Store and can be found here.

There’s a whole load more info and a complete version to try out in Flash over on my app site here

TalaClass shows you various rhythmic exercises so that you can understand them and use them to sharpen your skills. There are hundreds of exercises within this app.. many variations of simple ideas can be generated very easily.

Any competent musician in the Indian music tradition knows the importance of tala training. The ability to speak the beats and the microbeats of a rhythm cycle will add untold agility to your musicianship whether you are a musician of Indian music or any other genre. Anyone who needs tighter rhythm skills need look no further than the ancient methods demonstrated here.

TablaLab Riyaz for iPad

TablaLab Riyaz :1 has been released for iPad. It is in the App Store and can be found here.

There’s a whole load more info and a complete version to try out in Flash over on my app site here

tablaLabRiyaz

This is a phrase (or ‘bol’) trainer for assisting practice of these famous classical indian drums. This is a phrase (or ‘bol’) trainer for assisting practice of these famous classical indian drums.

“As a tabla-player myself, it became apparent to me that it would be useful to have an app which could throw out phrases for me to repeat, focussing on timing and clarity. I became aware that my practice generally focusses on one composition at a time and rarely do I try to mix up phrases. This app aims to give the player a challenge in developing a theme by repeating or improvising on a sequence of phrases as the app calls them out, in a ‘call and return’ style.”

Features include:

– Realistic instrument sound from extremely good quality samples (using over one minute of 320kbps stereo audio recorded from live tabla)

– Pitch control of instrument sounds

– Tempo control

– Over 100 pages of phrases

– Repeat control for each page which can be set to 2,3,4,8 or 99 loops

– A 2 pitch metronome synchronised to the cycle

– There’s a wide variety of phrases for most levels and abilities.